As part of its calling and vision, the General Overseer (G.O) of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere has commissioned the sixth of its Free Schools in Rukpokwu, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the free nursery, primary and adult education centre, Apostle Chinyere stated that his mission on earth would only be completed, the day he no longer sees school children wandering, hawking and roaming the streets of Port Harcourt and society during school hours.
He frowned at the increasingly high rate of children seen on the streets of Port Harcourt instead of been in schools due to the inability of their parents to send them to schools to be hawking just to help their parents.
He stated that beyond the call of spreading the gospel, he was also called into social works as did Jesus Christ in Matthew 14: 13-21, adding that when Jesus Christ came to spread the gospel, the people were hungry, “He fed them as well with physical food”, he said.
The man of God hinted that the church after driving through the Harold Wilson Drive in Town axis of Port Harcourt, he saw these less privileged and down-trodden children of school age on the streets during school hours, and as part of its practice, the church swung into action to purchase a bank building on that street for another free school centre that would be commissioned next month.
He stated that this was the only way these children could be given new lease of life thereby turning them to be good ambassadors of Rivers State and the country at large.
Speaking also, the Head Divine Distributor, Chief Matt Offeh praised the pastor for always putting the less privileged first in all his dealings, adding that his works would standout and speak for him if not on earth, but in heaven.
He stressed that at OPM, there was no social stratification on the basis of class or status, adding that church offerings are ploughed into helping the less privileged and translates into gifts, life, free education, shelter, free restaurants and skills training.
Also speaking, the welfare Director of the OPM Free Schools, Mrs Maureen Chukwu appealed to Rivers State government, Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, and the youth leaders to call the Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Council’s tax collectors to order from demanding the free schools to pay taxes, adding that the church was impacting positively to the lives of these children and society without collecting a dine from these children’s parents.
Speaking also, one of the down trodden less privileged graduands, picked and brushed by OPM Free Nursery, Primary School and presently been sponsored by OPM at the Federal Government College (FGC), Port Harcourt recounted his ordeal as a little child growing up, very intelligent and wished to go to school, but his parents couldn’t afford the cost of sending him to school.
Rivers Begins Fruit Garden Market Allocation, Today
The Rivers State Government will today kick-off the process for the allocation of shops at the newly completed and commissioned ultra-modern Fruit Garden Market in the D/Line area of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state.
This indication was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Committee on Allocation of New Ogbum-na-Abali Fruit Garden Market, Dr Bariere Thomas in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
According to the statement, “The committee on allocation of stalls/stores at the new Ogbum-Abali Fruit Garden Market has rolled out its time table as follows: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10am prompt is for the distribution of forms to original 205 traders of the market. They are to come to the meeting with their proper identification”.
It also added that the distribution of forms to the other fruit/vegetable sellers who were not part of the original 203 to collect expression of interest forms would begin, tomorrow.
The statement further explained that on “Monday, March 2, 2020 is for the return of completed application forms by all applicants preceding the balloting exercise the same day”.
The committee emphasised that it would continue with the process on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, with the allocation and collection of certificates by the established original 205 and those who were successful in the balloting.
It, therefore, advised all affected persons to comply with the scheduled timeline for the allocation of the stalls to enable government complete the process without hitches in orer to achieve set goals.
Association Tasks Old Boys On Alma Mater
The Okrika Grammar School Old Boys Association (OGSOBA), has called on members of the association to work towards the development of the school.
Speaking at a dinner night organised by the association at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, recently, as part of events marking the 80th anniversary celebration of the body, the National President of OGSOBA, Sam Nwakohu, appealed to members to take matters concerning the school seriously.
He stated that the school has assisted many of the old boys to be what they are in the society, in terms of discipline and otherwise.
“I implore all of us to take matters pertaining to the development of the school as seriously as we take our personal progress.
In this age, our students need to be educated in an improved environment and with better facilities for learning in terms of academics and extra curricula activities “ Nwakohu said.
The National President noted with dismay that the association could not finish a building project for over 15 years.
“We should try and improve infrastructure of the school. It is not pleasant to note that we could not complete one building for over 15years. While most of us have houses in UK, US and some living in mansions”, he stated.
Also speaking, the chairman of the anniversary committee, Engr. Daso Derefaka, appealed to members to consider the school’s progress.
While noting that the school was currently in need of major repairs, especially auditorium, he thanked members that attended the anniversary and reunion celebration.
By: Tonye Orabere
Oversight Functions Take Centre Stage
Oversight functions dominated activities in the Rivers State House of Assembly in the week under review though there had been other programmes by the various legislators.
Last Monday, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ogerenye Ehie unveiled some projects he personally built to appreciate his constituents at Idoke and Edoha in Upata kingdom of Ahoada East Local Government Area.
The projects includes classrooms at Idoke and lock up shops at Edoha. He noted that they were not constituency projects but his own personal donation to the people.
Calling on the people to utilise the projects, Chairman of the Council, Barrister Benjamin Eke commended the lawmaker for his love for the people.
Tuesday last week, member representing Asari Toru ll in the House and Committee Chairman on Information and Training, Hon. Enemi George Alabo met with members of the Assembly correspondents corps.
The lawmaker said the Assembly planned to reorganise its information management policy towards improving public enlightenment and to consolidate some of the achievements of the House.
He sought for synergy between the Assembly and the press corps as a way to further inform the citizenry on what the legislature was doing.
Henceforth, he hinted that a central information structure would be set up for a unified dissemination system.
Earlier, Chairperson of the Assembly Press Corps, Ijeoma Tubosia congratulated and at the same time commiserated with Enemi George on his victory at the polls and death of his father respectively.
She said the meeting was part of steps to intimate the House authorities of a new press corp management executive.
Tubosia sought for the incorporation of the press corps in activities of the House and to ensure that the public is fully updated of its programmes.
Last Thursday, House Chairman on Community and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Matthew Dike and that of Employment and Local Content, Hon. Dumle Maol met with Community Liaison Officers(CLOs) in South East Senatorial District.
Dike and Maol urged the CLOs to ensure they champion the interest of their communities and that of the companies to foster peace and conducive operations for development of the state.
They stressed the need to implement Memorandum of Understanding and Local Content policy for fairness and equity for host communities of these companies.
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